What began as a single Parisian hotel has evolved into an inspired global network.


  • 1972

    Air France creates Le Méridien as “a home away from home” for its travellers. The iconic name is a reference to the geographic coordinate lines that span the globe and affirms the brand's international focus. The first hotel is Le Méridien Etoile, located in Paris with over 1,000 rooms.

  • 1979

    Le Méridien expands to 21 hotels in destinations across Europe, Africa, the French West Indies, Canada, South America, the Middle East and Mauritius.

  • 1991

    Total number of Le Méridien properties rises to 58 hotels and resorts.

  • 2005

    Le Méridien joins Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. as one of its premier lifestyle brands.

  • 2012

    Le Méridien celebrates 40 years of excellence in travel.

  • 2013

    With a mission to engage guests in the most unexpected experiences their destination has to offer, Le Méridien repositions itself, and refreshes its brand identity. This same year, Starwood invests one billion dollars in the brand, opening 11 new hotels and nearly tripling its global footprint.

  • 2015

    Le Méridien continues to grow and bring its guests inspired experiences in over 100 hotels and resorts in 35 countries around the world.